Filipinos love to eat.
That’s a fact. And its our love for food that makes us want to explore more of its variety and discover what other cuisines are out there – without going too far from what our palates are accustomed to. Luckily for foodie starters (like myself), Asian dishes offers a familiar taste and feel which is very near our homegrown appetite.
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The Good Food Tour was launched in Berlin (2015), spearheaded by foodpanda with its objective of bringing people together to share and experience different cuisines, make new friends and to know the persons behind the success of the restaurants around the town.
5 months ago on the 5th of July, The Good Food Tour Philippines kick-started. Now on its third leg, I was luckily invited by Rommel of foodpanda Philippines last Wednesday, November 23 to be a part of the Good Food Tour: Asian Cuisine edition. We have three restaurants partnered with foodpanda to visit in Serendra, Taguig City.
Let’s cut to the chase and get on with the food!
1st Stop: Wasabi Warriors (Japanese)
Wasabi Warriors originally from Australia, reached its Filipino market with a promise of “Eat Good, Do Good and Feel Good”. As its color, Wasabi (Warriors) practices the green principle. Its ingredients are locally produced, always fresh and is good for you. Aside from their healthy, on the go products, what I personally like about the restaurant is their advocacy – in always giving back to the community. Their outpouring support for businesses and our locals (most of them are employed to work in their restaurant as well) is just amazing.
On the Table
Personal favorite: Seared Salmon and Spicy Seared Salmon Nigiri – I don’t usually eat Japanese food, especially spicy ones (of any cuisines) but this one made a good exception. Flavours exploding with a good balance of spice and sweets.
Assorted sushis rolls from the Wasabi Warriors: Ocean, Porky, Beefy, Chicken and Veggie
I personally don’t eat Japanese food every so often, but I’d have to say Wasabi Warriors made me think otherwise. Though the Serendra branch was pretty small and “cozy” (this branch mainly serve orders on the go), the Wasabi Warriors food experience will make you come back for more. 4/5 for me.
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Wasabi Warriors has 4 branches in the Metro: The Gramercy Residences in Makati City (G/F Unit 05, The Gramercy Residences, Century City, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City), Serendra in Taguig City (Unit C141 G/F 26th cor. McKinley Parkway BGC, Taguig City), SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City (2nd Level Mega A, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City) and SM North EDSA in Quezon City (2nd Level Cinema Lobby 3 SM North EDSA, Quezon City).
To know more about the restaurant, visit their website here.
With Wasabi Warriors, eat fresh and good while helping the local communities! Go Green!
2nd Stop: Wee Nam Kee (Singaporean)
Wee Nam Kee is a popular restaurant known for their authentic Singapore dishes and of course their Hainanese Chicken (and Rice).
Now on their 6th year with their chicken-loving Filipino customers, Wee Nam Kee offers a special line-up of holiday dishes which are exclusively offered in its Philippine branches.
As Gelo Hongo (marketing manager for the Relish Group) explains, these dishes seek to put their customers into a fiesta-ish, celebratory mode that the Filipinos are naturally accustomed to, especially now that Christmas is coming.
On the Table
Clockwise: Laksa Lava Fish Cake, Cereal Soft Shelled Crab, Chili Soft Shelled Crab and Braised Beef Brisket with Potatoes
My personal favorite has to be the Laksa Lava Fish Cake – its taste is familiar and not foreignly overwhelming, very near our Filipino palate. Its outside, a crispy breading with contrasting flavorful laksa curry filling on the inside. Yum!
The Soft Shelled Crabs (cereal and chili) were tasty, its spice, bearable. And for someone who doesn’t know how to break down a crab, this dish is a savior. No need to get your hands dirty to disassemble just to get to the core. Another yum!
Lastly, the star of the meal, the Braised Beef Brisket. The meat, soft and tender, goes well with its sweet and spicy sauce. A well balanced flavor that is perfectly paired with the chicken rice. It almost resembles the Filipino Kaldereta, but with a kick!
Wee Nam Kee is one of the few restaurants that offer food and experience altogether. Its ambiance, dishes and staff gives you a familiar feeling; the food may be Singaporean but the Filipino service, hospitality and love for food exudes. WNK gets a 4.5/5 for me.
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For a full list of the branches and real time updates, check out Wee Nam Kee’s Facebook page here.
Bring your friends and family for a treat with Wee Nam Kee! They won’t disappoint, and will definitely leave a smile on your face and your tummies full!
3rd Stop: Abé (Filipino)
Our 3rd and last stop, Abé. A Filipino restaurant. Save the best for last right?
Abé is a restaurant dedicated to the owner of The LJC Group, Larry Cruz’s father, Emilio Aguilar “Abe” Cruz. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional Filipino cuisines, mostly of Kapampangan origin. After all, Pampanga is the Philippines’ Culinary Capital and boy the Kapampangans know (really know) how to cook!
Its interior, food, service and overall experience is very Filipino. I’ve got no words after that. So now, let’s move on to the dishes.
On the Table
Improvised lighting (bloggers at work, you guys are the best) but really delicious dishes. If you’re Filipino, it’s easy to name these, but if you aren’t: (clockwise) Turon with Nangka and Ube, Abe’s Chicken Supreme, Gule Magalang, Sinigang sa Ube, Paco Fern Salad, Klassik Kare Kare, Ice Cream Suman with Mango, Knockout Knuckles (fried Crispy Pata) and Bamboo Rice.
What’s my favorite dish you ask? Wow that’s a tough one. No, seriously ang sarap lahat! But I’d have to say the Crispy Pata and Kare-Kare, (perfect pair with rice)! The veggies as well, Gule Magalang and Fern Salad (this one was a best seller, all three plates from our tables were smoothed out in a blink). The dessert by the way was sent by the angels above – I didn’t know suman can go well with ice cream and mango! Well, mango makes everything better, yes?
The Star of the Night – Abe’s version of Crispy Pata: Knockout Knuckles
Nothing beats the Filipino cuisine. It’s our love for food that makes us good cook and renowned chefs across the globe. This may sound as a biased verdict but, really the dishes (though a bit pricey) are delectable and appetizing. In fact, at the last hour of the Good Food Tour, there were only a few of us left on Abés long table, still eating. Need I say more? Rating: 4.7/5.
Check out the full list of The LJC Group’s restaurant and services through their website here.
With their spacious interior and scrumptious dishes, indeed, Abé is where good friends dine!
The 3rd leg of the GoodFoodTour Philippines achieved its objective to bring people together, establish new friendship and experience the amazing and tasty world of food! Thanks to foodpanda Philippines, I was able to get involved and be part of a new family! Looking forward to working with you guys again!
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With the holidays coming, invite your family and friends over good food with these three restaurants; or have them delivered in the comfort of your own homes. Be merry and full with foodpanda!
Now with all these food, can I still chug down a cup of coffee? Of course, yes!
Till next time!